Learn the three brain regions of the mind to master situations, life

How to master difficult and stressful situations, make wise decisions to get what you want? In the sharing session on “Three brain regions of the mind and human behavior patterns”, psychologist, Master Coach Bui Thi Hai Yen used the “Triune” brain theory of neuroscientist Paul MacLean (USA). to explain how human behavior patterns are formed and how to make decisions and act wisely in all situations.

A mother who is angry with her husband will vent her anger on her child, get angry for no reason at her child, scold her, or even hit her child. When I calmed down, I felt extremely regretful that I did that to you, I told myself I wouldn’t do it again. But every time she is in a similar situation, she acts the same way as usual and hurts the child. This causes the gap between mother and child to increase day by day.

In your life, have you ever been in such a situation? You act out of a habit in some similar situation, it automatically pops up so fast that you don’t have time to think.

Behaviors that are repeated in similar situations are called behavioral patterns by psychotherapists. Behavioral modeling is simply the way we perceive, evaluate, and perform behavior according to a pre-designed behavioral program in the subconscious (human unconscious).

Especially in situations that trigger bad emotions (anxiety, fear, anger, shame, guilt), you often react according to a habit, an inappropriate pattern of behavior. and it causes you relationship, financial, health problems… And you wonder, why am I doing this? Why can’t I control myself? I can’t understand myself anymore…

In the sharing session on “Three brain regions of the mind and human behavior patterns”, psychologist, Master Coach Bui Thi Hai Yen used the “Triune” brain theory developed by neuroscientist Paul MacLean (USA) from 1950 to explain how human behavior patterns are formed so that you can observe yourself, understand why you act like that, why you have behavioral patterns such behavior and how to make wise decisions, master difficult situations, take control of one’s own life.

The three brain regions of the mind and how to form human behavior patterns

In the “Triune” brain theory, the human brain is divided into 3 different regions in order from bottom to top: Reptile brain, observable brain and human brain.

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Paul MacLean's "Triune" brain theory, the human brain is divided into 3 different layers.

Paul MacLean’s “Triune” brain theory, the human brain is divided into 3 different layers.

In which, the observing brain (also known as the animal brain, the emotional brain) has the ability to remember the experiences that have occurred, especially the links between cause and effect that have occurred in the past, and use these memories to evaluate the current situation. It’s worth noting that the more emotional a past experience is, the longer it will retain that information. And the observing brain acts in the direction of protecting the safety of the client. Therefore, the observing brain is considered as a funnel for receiving and processing information. Depending on the evaluation results, it will generate corresponding emotions to govern human behavior. That is, depending on the evaluation results, it will push the information to the reptilian brain area or to the human brain area to decide the behavior to perform.

The reptilian brain functions to act quickly and instinctively to ensure our survival. These activities include both survival instinctive activities and basic human functional activities. Therefore, the reptilian brain often reacts in two ways: “One is to fight, the other is to change”. If it finds itself firmly grasping the victory, the reptilian brain will offer “battle” actions against the opponent. If you find yourself firmly grasping the losing part, the reptilian brain will take actions to “disappear” from the opponent’s sight to ensure safety. Therefore, information processing according to the reptilian brain often causes damage to both sides.

The human brain is responsible for cognitive processing and rational decision-making, while focusing primarily on thinking, control, control, and restraint. The human brain is the place that activates creativity, love and wisdom. Therefore, when the action is processed according to the function of the human brain, it is easy to connect with the people around, establish a harmonious relationship and achieve the desired goal but minimize the damage of the human brain. both sides.

Conflicts and conflicts between parents and children

Conflicts and conflicts between parents and children can make both parties hurt without achieving their desired goals.

Psychologist, Master Coach Bui Thi Hai Yen shared: “At NHC Vietnam Psychotherapy Center, where Hai Yen is working, we have been treating many young people in their teens. adolescents with depression. You and your parents often have a very tense relationship. Some parents often complain to us that their children have already argued back before they have finished speaking. Some other parents say that scolding their children means that they go to their room and close the door. This is the “fight or flight” behavior of young people when they feel they can win or lose in stressful communication situations with their parents. Even children want to completely disappear from the eyes of their parents with more dangerous actions. In situations that are handled in a reptilian way, both sides often get hurt. This makes the gap between parents and children bigger and bigger.

What governs the observational brain’s way of assessing situations?

What causes the observing brain to “turn on the switch” of a reptile brain or a human brain? That is safety. When analyzing and evaluating a situation, if the observing brain thinks that this is a safe situation, the observing brain will produce feelings of peace, happiness, serenity… and turn on the switch of the human brain. On the contrary, if the observing brain thinks that this is an unsafe situation, the observing brain will produce emotions of insecurity, anxiety, fear… and turn on the work of the reptilian brain.

We all want to use the human brain to act in the right way, creatively, with love and wisdom. So how can the observing brain decide this is a safe situation and put the information on the human brain for processing. This depends on the mindset, the root beliefs of each person.

At birth, human’s worldview has “emptiness”. Experiencing experiences (events) in the past that form people’s worldview, form the mindset and root beliefs of each person. Repeated or intensely emotional experiences (both negative and positive emotions) have a great impact on the formation of this worldview. Thoughts, root beliefs are things that are installed deep within our subconscious (unconscious) region and it governs people’s thoughts, words, and behavior in an invisible way.

When you have too many bad emotions inside, you cannot handle the situation wisely.

When you have too many bad emotions inside, you cannot handle the situation wisely.

Therefore, if we have a lot of bad emotions, negative thoughts, inner conflicts, bad habits, and limiting beliefs inside, when the event comes, the observing brain will easily turn on the crawling brain switch. close.

On the contrary, if we have the right worldview, belief, positive thinking and reciprocity inside, the observing brain will easily turn on the human brain switch.

Therefore, if we want the observing brain to easily switch on the human brain, let’s deal with bad emotions, negative thoughts, inner conflicts, bad habits, limiting beliefs, to form new ideas. trust, right root thinking, positive and reciprocal. Thus, the observing brain will contain positive information and respond with positive emotions to turn on the human brain switch.

Remember, our brains process situations very quickly, like the speed of light. We cannot control our behavior wisely if we still have too many negative and incorrect beliefs and thoughts inside.

How do we take control of the situation, take control of our lives?

Prevention is better than cure. The more proactive we are, the more likely we are to handle our behavior properly when the event comes. Build yourself a correct, reciprocal and positive mindset and belief system in many different ways such as reading books or communicating with positive people.

The habit of reading books brings many benefits to people.

The habit of reading books brings many benefits to people.

Read books: Self-development books, Buddhist scriptures or books that help you get to know your inner self.

Communicating with positive, inspiring people to learn, be at peace and spread positive energy from them.

These are common solutions in daily life. In addition, you can use solutions from psychotherapy, psychology to form your own beliefs, positive and supportive thoughts such as: Auto-suggestion, forward-thinking words, grateful.


Autosuggestion simply means using positive statements to reverse negative thoughts, bad habits, limiting beliefs, inner conflicts, and negative emotions. For example, if you have a belief that “I am a slow, slow person,” you could read a positive statement: “I am a smart, quick, and energetic person.” Statements in autism should be read every morning when you wake up and before you go to bed.

Autosuggestion plays the role of a bridge between the conscious part that creates thinking and the other side, the subconscious part that creates action. Through the conscious mind (it doesn’t matter whether it’s positive or negative thoughts), the principles of autosuggestion will reach people’s subconscious and affect the subconscious with those statements.

In many cases, auto-suggestion has brought success to people beyond their imagination, things that they themselves thought they were incapable of doing. The technique of autosuggestion can be used as a therapy to prevent and overcome illness. It can even bring a person close to the fragile boundary of life and death, from the depression when thinking there is no longer a cure back to a joyful life. Napoleon Hill highly appreciated the role of auto-suggestion, considering it as one of the factors leading to his success.

Words aimed at

Targeted language simply means that we use positive, loving words to work towards our goals. To practice using forward-thinking words in your daily life, you need to record the negative words you use every day and turn them into affirmations and use positive words. in daily life. For example, “I am very sick” becomes “I am not feeling well” or “my health is getting better”, even “I am healthy”. Of course, changing your language habits is not easy, but whenever you find yourself using negative language, use positive language to immediately reverse it. Gradually, you will have a habit of using forward-looking words.

Positive words can trigger positive emotions, a great psychological state for yourself, helping you create, maintain, and promote the good relationships you have at the same time. overcome the bad relationships that you have, whether intentionally or unintentionally.

In particular, the targeted words that you use every day will help you clear your mind, improve the way you think, the patterns of mood and emotions that are deep in your mind. That’s how step-by-step, step-by-step words can help you deal with trauma and build trust, positive thinking, and reciprocity.

Practice Gratitude

If a person is not grateful for what he has, he will not have a chance to be grateful for what he is getting.”

Frank A. Clark

“When positive things, wonderful things come to make us more peaceful, difficulties, challenges, obstacles, failures come to make us more peaceful and stronger. So how do we make ourselves strong and feel at peace with the negativity that comes our way in life? Its origin is gratitude,” shared expert Bui Thi Hai Yen.

Gratitude is one of the things we need to have. When we have gratitude, we will find life blessed, find inner peace, get contentment, contentment, comfort with whatever we have, even with the problems to come. Gratitude helps us appreciate what we have today and make the things we want to achieve come true. And gratitude helps us to live a very peaceful life, makes us more beautiful inside, helps us to see this life through a more wonderful lens.

To practice gratitude, you can use the book Miracles. In it, the book has instructions for you to practice gratitude for 28 days. However, in order for any solution, gratitude practice, self-suggestion or language to work towards, you should take 108 days for the solution to really work for the best and change beliefs. , thinking is installed from within you.

4 Ho'oponopono mantras have extremely miraculous healing effects.

4 Ho’oponopono mantras have extremely miraculous healing effects.

In addition, in emergency situations, you can use sentences like Amitabha Buddha or the 4 healing mantras Ho’oponopono or use any other sentence that you can wake up to, can be at peace. and activate positive emotions to take control of the situation and deal with the problem wisely.

In life, we communicate with ourselves and others in four ways: thoughts, feelings, words, and actions. We can activate the enemy’s human brain by creating safety. That is, we are also using the human brain to communicate with other people.

“Sometimes parents often bring negative moods and emotions home from outside and communicate with their children with anger, anger, power, that is, using the reptilian brain to communicate with their children. This will make it easy for your baby to turn on the reptilian brain to communicate with us. When both parties cannot control their own behavior, it will easily create injuries for both parties. Use your love and awareness to create a sense of security and activate the brains of others. In the matter of parenting, too, activate your child’s human brain with the love and awareness of parents. Then, observe the child and apply the correct parenting knowledge in communication to achieve the parents’ wishes. Remember, the communication of parents with their children can also plant beliefs and thoughts in their heads. Therefore, parents should think about what beliefs they want their children to have, positive or negative,” shared psychotherapist Bui Thi Hai Yen.

Hopefully, the information about the three brain regions will help you better understand the process of creating human behavioral patterns, applying in life to always control situations and make informed decisions.

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